Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban clears the puck
in front of goalie Carey Price as Rangers’ Brian Boyle tries to get the puck. Allen McInnis, The Gazette
• At a Glance: The Canadiens can thank Carey Price for their 2-0 win over the New York Rangers on Saturday. Price made 19 saves in the third period as the Rangers pressed to tie the game en route to his fifth shutout of the season. Price made 35 for his league-leading 26th win of the season. It was a goalless game until late in the second period, when former Ranger Scott Gomez beat Martin Biron. Alexandre Picard, who was playing in place of the ill James Wisniewski, fired a shot that went wide of the net, but the rebound came to Gomez at the other side of the net and he roofed it over Biron with 1:26 to play in the period. Tomas Plekanec scored into an empty net with 38 seconds to play to seal the victory.
• Key Moments: Neither team was very special on special teams Saturday. The Rangers were 0-for-4 on the power play and the Canadiens were blanked on two tries, meaning they are 0-for-21 in the last four games.
• What It Means: Montreal moves three points ahead of the Rangers for sixth place in the Eastern Conference with a 30-18-5 record for 65 points. Montreal also has two games in hand and is only two points behind the Boston Bruins for first place in the Northeast Division.
• What’s Next: The Canadiens complete their weekend on Sunday when the New Jersey Devils visit for a 3 p.m. start. Montreal travels to Boston next Wednesday and plays the Islanders at home the following night.